Columbia River Fishing

Columbia River Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for the Columbia River

Buoy 10 Fish-Fest 2019

Limited out on salmon at Buoy 10 in Astoria.

While we’ll have to wait a little longer before this is finalized by the individual state commissions, based on past experience, the proposed Buoy 10 Salmon season that the state of Washington released yesterday should be all the information we need to understand our upcoming opportunities on the Lower Columbia River out of Astoria. Anglers will get […]

Portland Springers Are Here!

4 nice Spring Chinook salmon.

The flowering cherry trees that line Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park are in full bloom. To many, that is a sign that spring has come to Portland. The Spring Chinook Salmon, known as Springers, are arriving as well. These local favorites are stunning, in color, texture, and taste. If you’re looking to fire up the […]

2019 Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon

4 proud anglers holding their keeper Columbia River sturgeon

Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife have just announced the dates for keeper sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from May 13th through June 5th, will be open for retention of white sturgeon in the Astoria Estuary. Keeper sturgeon legal catch size is 44-50” measured from the nose of the […]

Snowpack – It’s Good for Springers!

a happy lady holding a spring chinook salmon caught on the willamette river

Friday’s unexpected snow might have caused some issues for local drivers, but it packed snow on the mountain like icing on a cake. Just a month ago the Willamette Basin was at 58% of average snowpack. Thanks to the unusually cold and wet month of February, that number has jumped to 109%! While some may […]

2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

A lady holding a nice spring chinook

The 2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook season has been set. Beginning March 1, Columbia River Spring Chinook will be open from Warrior Rock, just above the Cowlitz River, upstream to Beacon Rock, just below Bonneville Dam. The season is slated to close for this “Below Bonneville Dam” fishery on April 10. Catch limits are two […]

2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook Forecast

Projections for the 2019 spring chinook and summer chinook seasons

These are preliminary numbers for the 2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook forecast, plus numbers for Summer Chinook and Sockeye. It looks like what most expected as we get through the years our smolt endured the blob out in the pacific. Look for one more year like this and then we should see an uptick. In […]

Portland Area Salmon: City Limit Fall Salmon

It is hard to believe, but there are only three more days of fishing left at Buoy 10. The small tides started several days ago, and fishing went from excellent in the ocean to excellent in the river, with just a couple day slower gap in between. The good news is that once Astoria closes, […]

Buoy 10 Fishing Update: Coho Rodeo!

four people with their limit on salmon on the dock at buoy 10

Buoy 10 is off to a great start: a flat ocean with a better than expected number of coho have made for action packed days with consistent limits until a NW settled in today! River reports have been spotty, as most guides have been fishing the nothing-short-of-epic coho fishing at the mouth of the Columbia […]

Astoria, Buoy 10 Salmon Opener

Nick netting a beautiful astoria ocean salmon

Buoy 10 is here!  Fishing has been solid in the ocean off Astoria and as predicted, the opener in the river was not overly impressive.  Why you might ask? Well the tides are not favorable and two, fish come into the river when they decide. They don’t use our calendars;) Our guides ran into the […]

Buoy 10 Salmon – Get Your Diver On

Divers for the Buoy 10 Salmon season in Astoria

I don’t write a lot of gear articles any more. There are lots of them out there, but know that most are just tooting the horn of the guy giving them gear. It’s kind of funny watching guys post stuff and know that they rarely use the stuff they are telling people to use. You […]